04-transcribing an audiofile

Page completed: August 2010

some speech tips by Felicia Slattery.

In this exercise for advanced learners, we suggest transcribing a speech (up to 10 minutes) into writing. There are many audio clips on youtube from which to choose. 10-15 lines minimum. Once you are finished. Listen to the whole audiofile again, and read your own transcription.

When transcribing a speech, you can either copy/paste an electronic document written by the protagonist themselves, but we recommend transcribing from an audiofile because the protagonist may change words. In order to write in real time, transcribers may use shorthand. The transcript of a speech for readers will always be in "direct speech" (written from the perspective of the protagonist), alterations are not allowed. You can however shorten the speech but you need to replace the missing words with (...) without changing the meaning of the whole text. If you need to comment on the speech, do so in the introduction, and the conclusion and/or the footnotes. Do not forget to write down the date and place of the speech as well as the full name of the protagonist and their title.


TTS Voice reading software -  provided by IM Translator)  speed settings " - -"  for English

TTS does not replace solid bases in pronunciation but should be of help for reading longer texts and further develop an ear for language.

We are going to transcribe the following speech:
FD Roosevelt gives a speech after signing the Social Security Act.

The Social Security Act was signed into law in the United States by President Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882 - 1945) on, August 14, 1935. The Act created unemployment compensation, old-age benefits and aid to dependent children . He was President of the United States between 1933 and 1945.
Now follows a video file of the speech we are going to transcribe:

Franklin Delano Roosevelt

(President of the United States)

Speech Upon Signing the Social Security Act

Washington USA August 14,1935

"Today, a hope of many years' standing is in large part fulfilled.

The civilization of the past hundred years, with its startling industrial changes, had tended more and more to make life insecure.

Young people have come to wonder what will be there lot when they came to old age.

The man with a job has wondered how long the job would last.

This social security measure gives at least some protection to 50 millions of our citizens who will reap direct benefits through unemployment compensation, through old-age pensions, and through increased services for the protection of children and the prevention of ill health.

We can never insure 100 percent of the population against 100 percent of the hazards and vicissitudes of life, but we have tried to frame a law which will give some measure of protection to the average citizen and to his family against the loss of a job and against poverty-stricken old age.

 It seems to me that if the Senate and the House of     Representatives, in this long and arduous session, had done nothing more than pass this security Bill, Social Security Act, the session would be regarded as historic for all time."